Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Health & Personal Care  > Medical Specialties & Departments > Ear Wax Removal

Ear Wax Removal Cost


How Much Does Ear Wax Removal Cost?

 
low costOver The Counter: $5-$30average costWith Insurance: $5-$75high costWithout Insurance: $40-$110
post E-mail post Post   Comments (5)

In most cases, earwax is a healthy part of ear function. However, an overabundance of earwax can cause aching, pressure and even ear infections. (See How Much Does Ear Infection Treatment Cost.)

Typical costs:

  • Without insurance, an appointment to have earwax removed can cost between $40 and $110 at a primary care physician's office or a clinic for people without insurance. CVS Minute Clinic[1] charges $59 for ear wax removal.
  • With insurance, typical copays and deductibles will apply. Copays for office visits range between $5 and $75, depending upon the insurance company. The average insured individual in the U.S. has a $19 office visit copay.
  • Over-the-counter earwax removal kits range from $5 for an Ototek Loop removal kit[2] to nearly $30 for a Kyrosol Ear Wax Removal System.[3]
  • Earwax removal can also be safely accomplished using eardrops. Drops range in cost from $5.15 for .75 ounces of Auro Ear Drops Wax Removal Aid[4] to $7.99 for .5 ounces of Debrox Ear Wax Removal Drops.[5]
  • Although the Food and Drug Administration warns against their use, some alternative health practitioners do "ear candling" to remove excess earwax. Ear candles cost between $2 for two beeswax candles to $250 for 75 candles, which is equal to about $3.30 per candle. Ear candling sessions at a spa, salon or massage clinic can cost between $25 and $80, depending upon the region of the country.
Related articles: Tinnitus Treatment, Hearing Test, Hearing Aid, Ear Infection

What should be included:
  • A doctor's office visit for earwax removal will include talking with the doctor about any ear symptoms or concerns. The doctor will examine the patient's ears for signs of infection or other problems, and determine the best earwax removal method. Some doctors use pressurized water to remove earwax; others remove the wax using a tiny plastic loop inserted into the ear; and some doctors opt for vacuum removal, using light suction to remove the wax buildup.
  • At-home earwax removal kits are similar to what a physician uses. Loop kits include instructions and a plastic loop to scoop out the wax. The Kryosol kit includes information on product use, a glycerin-based, wax-loosening solution in individual plastic pipettes and a syringe to place the solution inside the ear canal. Other kits include a bulb syringe, which helps remove the wax.
  • Ear wax drops include product information, dosing instructions and a container with between .5 ounces and 1 ounce of ear wax removal solution, which dissolves the ear wax inside the ear canal.
Additional costs:
  • The Food and Drug Administration strongly recommends that patients avoid ear candling. If ear candling results in burns or an ear injury, a doctor's visit or hospital visit may be required. For those without insurance a visit could cost between $50 and $100,000, depending upon the extent of the injury.
Shopping for ear wax removal:
  • Anyone with ear pain, stuffiness or difficulty hearing should consult a doctor before attempting earwax removal. Rarely, ear pain or stuffiness can be the result of an infection or other problem. Over-the-counter ear wax removal products could exacerbate the problem. In addition, patients with an injury to or perforation of the ear drum should not use any over-the-counter earwax removal methods. Over-the-counter methods should also not be used on infants or children who have ear tubes.
  • Patients considering an over-the-counter method should begin by selecting a system that fits their comfort level. Loop systems require a certain level of skill and eye-hand coordination. Drops are considered a medication and should be use with care. Patients can talk to a pharmacist about the options.
  • Before making a purchase in a pharmacy, make sure the packaging is complete and intact.
  • If purchasing online, research the company before buying ear candles, earwax removal kits or ear drops. The Food and Drug Administration[6] offers tips and advice for purchasing medications online.
  • If purchasing ear candling services through a salon, read reviews about the business through the Better Business Bureau[7] before scheduling an appointment. Ask the technician how long he or she has been doing ear candling. Don't be afraid to ask if he or she has had any accidents associated with the treatment.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
post E-mail post Post   Comments (5)
CostHelper News


10 Key Ways to Prepare for Extreme Snow
Forecasters are predicting a true nor'easter will hit the eastern and central states with rain, thunderstorms, ice, snow and high winds over the Thanksgiving weekend. It's crucial to plan ahead, before bad weather hits. || Posted November 26 2013


10 Most Popular Cosmetic Procedures Before the Holidays
With reunions and other get-togethers scheduled during the holiday season, most people want to look their best at this time of year. For some, that means filling in those wrinkles with a bit of botox, or having a nip and tuck down here and there. || Posted November 23 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
ear wax removal charge
Amount: $525.00
Posted by: avs in Denver, CO.Posted: November 20th, 2014 02:11PM
Removal Method: instrumentInsurance: United Health
For a total of 20 minutes at ANschutz ENT I was charged $195 for "office visit" and $330 for ear removal.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Cost
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Eddie Bryan in Gainesville, FL.Posted: September 12th, 2014 01:09PM
Removal Method: irrigationInsurance: none
I've been quoted a price in Gainesville, FL of $199.00. I am homeless and unemployed. I have some money but can't afford that. I was hoping $70 to $90 and I could even go to $100.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
cost of impacted cerumen removal
Amount: $150.00
Posted by: Black Essie in Los Angeles, CA.Posted: August 20th, 2014 03:08PM
Removal Method: water/syringeInsurance: yes/aetna
150 charge, $80 co-pay
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
cost of impacted cerumen removal
Amount: $125.00
Posted by: a user in grand rapids, MI.Posted: February 1st, 2013 12:02PM
Removal Method: curetteInsurance: self pay
I paid the doctor $125 to remove impacted cerumen from both ears.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
easy money for consultation
Amount: $200.00
Posted by: mrs deft in 2700 grand concord, CA.Posted: October 4th, 2010 11:10PM
Removal Method: noneInsurance: cash
i paid $200 Dr Lloyd Ford,for just talking
he consider i do not need MY EAR WASHED BUT schedule me for a earing test which scare me thinking how much it will cost me and if i cancel i had to pay $25...!
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam


 

Comment On Your Experience With Ear Wax Removal
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Removal Method: Insurance: 
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.minuteclinic.com/services/minorillness/
  2.  www.ototekloop.com//about.aspx
  3.  www.squipusa.com/kyr_about.php
  4.  www.drugs.com/cdi/auro-solution.html
  5.  www.debrox.com/
  6.  www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/BuyingMedicinesOv...
  7.  www.bbb.org/
More Health & Personal Care Topics
Check Out All Costs for Health & Personal Care How Much Do Eyeglasses Cost? How Much Do Botox Treatments Cost? How Much Does a Flu Shot Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com




Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Insulation and labor of sump pump
Paid: 11000.00
My 87 year old mother was just told by Roto Rooter it would cost her 11,000 for a submersible sump pump to be instaled and connected to her city sewer... [more]
-Maryizene
Sump Pump Cost
Disposals
Paid: 265.00
$265.00 is about the going rate for a badger 5 disposal in the Cincinnati area.... [more]
-Mark45236
Garbage Disposal Cost
timing belt, water pump and thermostat
Paid: 800.00
My car over heated and the thermostat needle was fully up. They replaced the water pump, thermostat, timing belt and other old hoses once they were inside the engine...plus an oil change. in my 1998 Pathfinder. All is well after that... [more]
-CBG
Replacing a Timing Belt Cost
Dentures
Paid: 6000.00
This will be my second set of dentures. I've learned there are different types for different budgets. My first pair were premium and lasted over 25 years... [more]
-MaggieMae 368
Dentures Cost
Gift of love
Paid: 300.00
I just made my son's wedding cake. It was 4 tiers, with a rough frosting exterior. The frosting was made with real butter and whipping cream. The cake layers were baked from scratch. It cost $300 for the ingredients and supplies... [more]
-Debobo
Wedding Cake Cost
Home visit, euthanasia & communal cremation
Paid: 300.00
Our experience was very similar to Sharlene's in Anaheim. Our lab (70 lbs.) was almost 15. He was given a sedative (shot) first. We had the convertible couch bed open in the living room... [more]
-Mary K Swift
Pet Euthanasia Cost